Are you looking to cook the ultimate, Indian style chicken biryani? Then you’ve come to the right place because this guide is going to cover everything from the ingredients to the recipe to the cooking method.
There is nothing like mixing cardamom with cinnamon sticks, chillies, cumin, and fenugreek leaves to create a perfect meal.
However, before we get into that, let’s go back in time and take a look at how the humble chicken biryani dish became a staple of the world.
The Mughal Influence
India has had plenty of invaders, all of whom have left their mark on the country. Thankfully, the jewel in the crown wasn’t influenced by the British too much cuisine-wise. Otherwise, it would be bangers and chips instead of chicken biryani.
The Mughals were the ones who introduced different forms of recipes to the region from the 15th to the 19th century. Their influence was so big that most of the dishes we associate with Indian food come from this period.
But, the British did have a part to play by deposing Nawab Wajid Ali Shah to Kolkata where the Calcutta biryani was born. To this day, there are different variations across the country representing their tastes and values.
Once a meal for the rich and wealthy, it has transformed into a recipe of the people, which explains its rise to fame around the world.
Of course, there is more to the dish than sentiment. As well as the fantastic flavours from the herbs and spices, there are health benefits. Yes, you can eat Indian cuisine without feeling guilty!
The main reason is turmeric. Found in the majority of biryani recipes, it offers more than colouring and taste. According to food experts it also includes the following:
– natural anti-inflammatories
– wound healing properties
– improves digestion
– lowers cholesterol
– boosts immune system
If that isn’t enough, it also helps people deal with weight management. Its impacts on fat metabolism are the reason. But, it doesn’t stop there because you need carbs and protein as part of a healthy diet. Being a rice dish filled with chicken, a chicken biryani is an excellent pre or post-exercise meal.
Now, for the bit you’ve been waiting for.
Firstly, use the chilli powder, turmeric, and salt to create a marinade and cover the thighs. Leave them to soak for about thirty minutes. Add the saffron to the milk and let that stand too.
Next, warm up the pan and add throw in cardamom and the cumin seeds as well as the onion. Let them sauté for one to two minutes. Add the tomatoes and the puree along with the garlic paste and the ginger and continue to fry. Put in the masala powder and add the chicken letting it simmer on low heat.
Next, add the rice to the pan as well as the saffron-infused milk. You can use water too if it’s too thick. Cover the lid and let it cook for five minutes before turning it off and leaving it for an extra ten.
Then, voila: your ultimate chicken biryani is ready to eat!
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